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Ex-Fifa boss Jack Warner uses spoof article from the Onion to defend organisation

| blog, L&B World, News | June 1, 2015

You couldn’t make it up. Well actually, you could, because it happened.

Jack Warner, a former Fifa vice president, used an article to ask why the United States wants to host this year’s World Cup if it dislikes football’s governing body so much.

The only problem is that the evidence he was using was actually from The Onion. For those of you who don’t know it (where’ve you been?) it’s a satirical website.

The story wasn’t true.

Another clue is the fact that there isn’t a World Cup this year. It’s in 2018.

Mr Warner has denied bribery charges brought against him by U.S. authorities and a host of other Fifa officials.

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William Hill ‘refuses to pay £1,000 to student who bet on Federer to win’

| blog, L&B World, News | June 1, 2015

Roger Federer won 6-3, 6-3 against Tomas Berdych (Picture: Reuters)

A student thought he was on to something when he put a 50p bet on Roger Federer to win at the Rome Masters with odds of 2,000-1.

Federer won, but Julius Ndlovu did not after William Hill refused to pay the £1,000 saying there was a ‘palpable error.’

Julius, 34, told the Daily Mirror: ‘They can’t just refuse to pay me. It’s not the customer’s obligation to calculate odds and customers should feel confident operators offer odds that are valid and will be honoured.’

He turned down an offer of two £50 bets and William Hill suggested that he goes to the Independent Betting Adjudication Service.

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Rise of the Oliver Twist slavery gangs of Britain

| blog, L&B World, News | June 1, 2015

Children are being forced into criminal gangs 

An increasing number of children are being ’employed’ in Oliver Twist style gangs, the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

They are being coaxed into sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, or criminality, according to Kevin Hyland.

He said the rate of convictions for slavery offences was ‘nowhere near good enough.’

He said: ‘We hear about young children being sent out to do shoplifting, pickpocketing and begging. These are young children who should be at school.

‘We are in the 21st century and yet we have Oliver Twist scenarios happening in our streets and cities. I think we all thought that was gone and in the past but actually it’s alive and kicking in London.

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Police called over ‘armed mob’ (who turned out to be asparagus pickers)

| blog, L&B World, Weird | June 1, 2015

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Asparagus is a common delicacy in Germany (Picture: Etah778)

Police descended on an ‘armed mob’ they thought were terrorising the countryside recently, only to find they were a group of harmless asparagus pickers.

Locals in Ludwigslust, a rural area in northeaster Germany reported seeing a group of men armed with knives and sticks prowling the fields nearby.

Within minutes six police cars arrived, preparing for a violent scene, however they discovered the ‘mob’ were a group of workers heading up the road to take their lunch break.

Police quickly realised the mistake and allowed the group, which contained ’10 to 16 people’, to continue on their way.

White asparagus is a popular delicacy in Germany and a ubiquitous sight on restaurant menus in late spring.

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Welcome to the ‘new era’ of cancer treatment

| blog, L&B World, News | June 1, 2015

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Human cancer cell (Picture: Alamy)

A new class of drugs that use the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells has been hailed as bringing in a ‘new era’ for treatment.

The results of immunotherapy has been described as ‘spectacular’ after more than half of patients with advanced melanoma in a British-led trial saw tumours shrink or brought under control.

They were so successful, in fact, that they could replace chemotherapy as the standard treatment for cancer within just five years.

The drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab were trialed on 945 patients with advanced melanoma.

The treatments stopped cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases, with tumours stable or shrinking for an average of 11.5 months, researchers found.

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